The New Yorker's Nick Denton Profile: What Did Everyone Think?
Well, last night, The New Yorker dropped their long-anticipated (at least by us) profile of Gawker Media publisher Nick Denton. We did the quotability run-down, but: how're the reactions? And what did Denton himself think?
Blogger and onetime Gawker Night Editor Anthony De Rosa:
Former "Gawker Mascot" Andrew Krucoff:
Former Jezebel writer Megan Carpentier:
The Awl Co-Founder and Former Two-Time Gawker.com Editor Choire Sicha:
As with all previous Denton profiles--and it's not a fault of these profiles or the writers, I don't think!--you will come searching for a "why" and you may again come away frustrated on a quick read. And yet still, when this one is given a sort of slow, math-problem like reading, you feel as if there's an answer just forming in your peripheral vision. You can sort of see this shiny correct solution hovering there for a second.
Current Gawker.com writer Max Read:
Gawker politics contributor (and former Dukakis staffer) Peter Feld:
Founding Gawker.com editor Elizabeth Spiers:
It's not bad, but it's kind of weird. It spends a lot of time talking about how scandalous (or non-scandalous) Gawker is and ends up feeling like a CJR piece wrapped in anecdotes about Nick's various Asperger's-y moments. A) I don't think anyone really finds Gawker scandalous anymore, and B) it's not an interesting discussion, especially when it's not the only outlet that traffics in scandal at this point. It's a discussion that would have been had (and was) in 2004 or so.
Denton-friend and Reuters blogger Felix Salmon:
And via Fimoculous:
And there you have it.